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Volunteering in Northern Ireland Research Report Released

29 June 2017

The Department for Communities (DfC) today released the publication, 'Volunteering in Northern Ireland 2017'.

Main findings:

  • In 2016 just over a quarter (27%) of adults in Northern Ireland indicated that they had carried out voluntary work within the past year. This is a decrease on the proportion of those who volunteered in 2015 (32%), however the rate is similar to those reported over the period 2012-2014.
  • Of those who had volunteered in the previous year, 37% had helped in a church or religious organisations, 36% had carried out a fundraising activity and 26% of responsdents indicated that they had worked with young people.
  • The top three reasons for not volunteering were: 'I don't have the time' (36%), 'I have work commitments' (32%) and 'I have to look after children/the home' (24%).

This publication is available on the DfC website here - https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/publications/volunteering-northern-ireland-research-report-2017

Requests or enquiries concerning these statistics should be directed to:

Analytical Services Unit, Department for Communities, Lighthouse Building, Gasworks Business Park, Belfast, BT7 2JB.

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